A fascinating reflection on Buddhist thought – rooted in many thousands of years of knowledge and practice – is that science, and particularly neuroscience, is just now starting to catch-up. Buddhism has understood for many centuries innumerable concepts about our behavior and decision making that science is only beginning to uncover. And Buddhism has done it almost entirely through external observation alone.
I am not religious; I am on a quest to better comprehend the human brain and decision making, and therein I study many religions for various purposes. But I do not practice any religion.
What draws me to Buddhism is the tremendous amount of insight it yields into human behavior. It started for me in finance, as I looked for ways to be a good investor and found the ideas of Buddhism to be insightful and complementary to overcoming the innate human tendencies in financial markets. And like the lessons of markets, the hypotheses of Buddhism can carry over into the decisions we make throughout our lives.
Religious or not, studying the concepts of Buddhism can aid in becoming a better decision maker. It has for me.